A California girls basketball team that was removed Monday from the City Section Open Division championship game for wearing illegal uniforms in its quarterfinal and semifinal victory was reinstated Tuesday after an appeal.
Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.) wore uniforms with pink around the numbers in violation of City Section rules during a quarterfinal win against University (Los Angeles) and a semifinal victory against View Park (Los Angeles), according to City Section Commissioner John Aguirre, as reported by The Los Angeles Times.
The uniforms were allowed in October during breast cancer awareness month but the school had not requested a color change to wear them at another point in the season. The City Section has a rule that says a school cannot wear uniforms with colors other than their school colors without requesting a waiver. That waiver was granted for the games in October. Coach Victoria Sanders said she did not know a waiver was required.
Narbonne will now play the City Section final against Palisades but Sanders will not be allowed to coach the team. The school will be placed on probation for next season and won’t be allowed to have any home playoff games.
“In the spirit of the game and for the kids, the appeals committee has decided to grant Narbonne’s request for reinstatement into the 2015 CIF L.A. City Section basketball playoffs,” Aguirre said Tuesday in statement. “We will continue to review Narbonne’s athletic program and compliance with the Section policies and bylaws over the next year.”
According to Aguirre, the Narbonne athletic director and principal were asked about the uniforms at halftime of Saturday’s game. The decision to rule the game a forfeit was made later. Agguire said part of the initial decision was the school’s “lack of communication in following protocol.”